To start a new beginning, the best thing you can do is – to start writing. I don’t know about other people but personally for me – there are two situations under which I can think better and clearer by a order of magnitude :
- During conversations & brainstorming with other people
- When I am writing.
Both work as forcing functions to think. And I feel great that I have discovered what ticks me and makes me work harder.
I am feeling very-very-very good today because I finally mustered enough courage and said no to a lucrative & potentially interesting job opportunity, in order to pursue the greater personal cause of “doing my own thing“. It took me a few hours to come to that conclusion but when it arrived – the light just shone & it was obvious.
There could be two outcomes a few years from now – either I will be a successful businessman and entrepreneur OR I would have tried and failed and tried and failed and eventually come back into the corporate world. Both outcomes are a win-win : the latter will have earned me an experience that I have always yearned for – which is to operate without any umbrella under the most uncertain of circumstances and duress, to stretch myself to my limits and figure out how my mind and body can operate in a completely unstructured world. And that learning – will be invaluable, even if I were to return to a corporate job. Above all – it’d let me do what I have always wanted to do – which is try to become an Entrepreneur ! Some would say – its too late at 40 to start a business, the kids are about to go to college and so on and so forth .. but I’ve told myself – its never too late. Infact, quite the contrary – it seems much more easier at this stage of life to start a business or a company than ever before. I feel that I am armed with tons & tons of life experiences – from the point of view of people, technology, society, business etc. etc. Seems like the fad of the day is that many of the modern VCs will only fund the companies started by 20-somethings. Beats me completely !
Finally, it would have created a level of confidence and self-esteem (and people who know me also know that I don’t really lack in any of those capacities) that I would never have seen in myself before.
Ultimately, the motto is that you trade less money and less goods for more interesting & valuable experiences.
Last two yeas in London and prior to that two years in Austin – were spent with that principle and have been great experiences in life.
These are the theories and time will show the practice. The goal from here on would be to write about my experiences as frequently as possible.
The last and the most rewarding bit is : I dont yet know what my-own-thing-is. I am certainly not clueless but I am very undecided and part of the fun is going to be exploring the spectrum of how I can make the world a better place and help solve some unsolved problems, however small and insignificant they might seem. I may start a high tech business building new technology, a consultancy business, a new consumer product or leverage modern technologies and figure out how to bring them to masses or start a travel agency – I just don’t know.
The decision aligns well with, and is driven by RMF – Regret Minimization Framework which Jeff Bezos, my business idol, has talked about
Different folks, different strokes obviously. Some people go for money, some for a big house and car. For me – minimizing the number of future regrets is the mathematical way to explain to myself – how I am going to make decisions !
Wish me Bon Voyage !